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EMPTY CAMPUS: The Memorial Union at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown is pictured in the background. URI Provost Daniel DeHayes says the university is expected to issue $8 million in refunds on room and board and had to spend $1 million to transition about 1,800 classes online due to the ­COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

With pandemic losses mounting, local colleges face biggest test

Rhode Island-based colleges are already feeling the financial strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, with the cancellation of usually profitable events and the loss of...
THE UNIVERSITY OF Rhode Island is expected to refund close to $8 million to students for lost room and board due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island President Daniel P. Egan said Thursday Rhode Island-based colleges could lose between $75 million and $100 million in revenue due to such refunds. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

R.I. colleges expected to lose $75M-$100M due to room-and-board refunds

PROVIDENCE – Colleges in Rhode Island could lose between $75 million and $100 million in planned room-and-board refunds to students forced off campus by...

Education group wants to ease community college credit transfers

PROVIDENCE – The New England Board of Higher Education recently received a grant to develop a program that will allow community college graduates in...

Budget plan rankles tax-exempts

Nonprofit hospitals and universities have long made voluntary payments to local communities that recognize the cost of emergency services provided by the hosts. These same...
BROAD SPECTRUM: Matthew Shenoda, vice president of social equity and inclusion at the Rhode Island School of Design, said he hopes to focus on more strategic admissions practices to cultivate a student population reflective of a broad spectrum of gender identities, races and socio-economic backgrounds. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RISD working to recruit more-diverse students, faculty

For Matthew Shenoda, being the first to tackle an issue on a college or university campus isn’t daunting. Settling in as the Rhode Island School...
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